It takes 4000 workers toiling round the clock for a month to complete a major $70 million facelift of the Royal Caribbean’s liner, Voyager of the Seas in Singapore.
The test will come today when the 137,000 tonne, 15 deck, 3284-passenger liner leaves Sembawang Shipyard to go on sea trials around the region.
This will be followed by a four-night private charter musical cruise to Phuket on Nov 21.
Four days later on Nov 25, Voyager will leave Singapore for her much anticipated repositioning cruise Down Under to be home-ported in Sydney for the busy summer season.
And when she arrives on Dec 8 to be home-ported in Sydney, she will be equipped with some of the very latest hi-tech gadgets and amenties -especially the much talked about flow rider, the first surfing simulator in Asia Pacific,
Forward bookings on Voyager have been better than expected, RCL commercial director Asia Pacific, Sean Treacy says.
“There has been a healthy demand from Australian passengers on Voyager.
“We are particularly excited about the flow rider on deck 13 as Australians will be among the first to break in the waves on Voyager,” he says.
Cruise Passenger had a sneak preview of Voyager in Singapore and here are some of the highlights of its spanking new amenities:
The main dining room Sapphire has been completely refurbished with new carpets, chandeliers, stylish lampshades, chairs and menu, capable of feeding 1700 guests at any one seating.
As travelling corporate chef Marcus Marrama from Brisbane says: “We produce 10,000 meals a day on Voyager from breakfast, lunch, high tea to dinner – that’s 70,000 meals a week – and we only use one chicken,” he laughingly adds.
Marrama, who is usually based on the Oasis or Quantum ships, is here to make sure that under the new look Voyager, passengers will be served some of the best cuisine on water – particularly in the signature Chop’s Grille steakhouse, Giovanni’s Table Italian trattoria and the sophisticated Izumi Japanese restaurant.
Treacy is particularly proud of the line’s new virtual balconies for interior rooms with no windows. Now, they will be fitted with an 80-inch, ceiling to floor high definition screen framed to look like a real balcony showing real-time pictures of the ocean.
And on the pool deck of Voyager, guests will now be able to watch 3D movies on the newly installed 220-square foot out-door movie screen by the pool. The screen will also be used for giant video game challenges.
Voyager will also have bow-to-stern WiFi and flat television screens in every stateroom.
This will be the third season Voyager will be home-ported in Australia when she arrives in Sydney on December 8 and leaves on April 1 next year.